Secret Service Reveals How They Thwarted Credible ISIS Plot To Assassinate Trump In The Philippines

During a 2-hour National Geographic special that is set to air on Sunday night, Secret Service agent Audrey Gibson revealed the lengths her team took to foil an assassination attempt on President Trump’s life during his recent trip to the Philippines.

The full details of this story will be shared on Sunday night during a special called United States Secret Service: On the Front Line, which will provide viewers with a in-depth look at the inner-workings of the Secret Service and the lengths they go to protect the President of the United States.

Agent Gibson told the Daily Beast a few crucial details about the operation that the carried out to save President Trump’s life in the Philippines.

According to Gibson, the terror threat level rose to “critical” just days before the President’s visit to the island. ISIS apparently issued video threats where they detailed their strategy of “waiting and ambushing” the President during his visit.

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One of the ISIS operatives blew their cover by posting a huge red flag on social media. The tweet contained a picture of Lee Harvey Oswald with the caption:

“Gonna be in Manila the same time as Trump… I’ll take one for the team lads.”

According to the Daily Beast, the PID agents were able to track the Twitter user’s IP address and discovered that the man was located in downtown Manila, mere minutes from President Trump’s hotel.

“With social media, there’s software that can scroll through all of [the threats] at a much faster rate than any human can do it, so in some regards it makes it easier,” told the Daily Beast.

“But the bread and butter of what we do is the human element—and the people that work the mission—and that’s never going to change,” she added.

Here’s what Marlow Stern from the Daily Beast added:

Special Agent Gibson and her team learn that an ISIS operative is somewhere in downtown Manila, and is targeting President Trump. And 20 minutes before touchdown, the Secret Service still isn’t sure where the ISIS operative is. “What is going on proactively to track this guy down?” Special Agent Ragan is seen shouting into a phone. “I need an update. Now.

Special Agent Gibson and her fellow PIC agents soon track down the ISIS operative to Luneta Park, about a mile north of the president’s hotel, where the suspect is reportedly convening with “an associate.” They inform Special Agent Ragan, who then informs the Philippine National Police (PNP), whose officers swarm the park and apprehend the suspects. Crisis averted.

“With technology, that was one of the things that was a blessing for us, because we were able to know that he was moving close to us, where he was, and track him. That was a huge piece of stopping the threat,” Special Agent Ragan tells me.

Agent Ragan also said that the Secret Service also receives help from locals when it comes to threats agains the President.

“Of course, we had a lot of help from the locals—and that’s an essential key to it that can’t be understated, is how great these foreign governments are, or even locals. If we go to Topeka, Kansas, the local law enforcement is such a help. We get so much support from the host committee, or the host country,” he said.

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In the end, the plot against President Trump’s life was thwarted when the Secret Service was able to track down the ISIS operative one mile from the President’s hotel:

Special Agent Gibson and her fellow PIC agents soon track down the ISIS operative to Luneta Park, about a mile north of the president’s hotel, where the suspect is reportedly convening with “an associate.” They inform Special Agent Ragan, who then informs the Philippine National Police (PNP), whose officers swarm the park and apprehend the suspects. Crisis averted.

Ragan ended with this insightful quote about the duties of the job he is required to do.

“It’s sad, just as an American, how partisan everything is,” Special Agent Ragan says.

That being said, it doesn’t matter if you like the person that’s in office, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like the person that’s in office—the bottom line is you’re not protecting that person, you’re protecting the office and what it stands for. We all believe that. Even though we’re U.S. citizens, have opinions, and talk them over at dinner with our friends or whatnot, work is work. You believe in the mission and the office of the presidency, and that’s one reason that we are able to rise above the politics of it all, because we’re going to protect a Democrat as much as we’re going to protect a Republican as much as we’re going to protect an Independent or Green Party member,” he concluded.

Here’s a sneak peek as to what you will learn in the documentary that will air Sunday night on the National Geographic channel:

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